Health & wellbeing

Your health can affect how you work and therefore how we perform as an organisation. We’re committed to ensuring your health and wellbeing is maintained while you’re at work. You can read more about our employee wellbeing programme in our annual report pdf icon PDF, 5,758 Kb (under Our People). The profile of our staff can been seen in our equality information.

ORR now scores in the top quartile for employee engagement across all Civil Service departments, with a score of 63% in 2015. In 2013 we launched a health & wellbeing strategy pdf icon PDF, 128 Kb which introduced quarterly reporting of health & wellbeing statistics to our Executive Committee. In 2015 we signed up to some of the Department of Health’s (DoH) Public health responsibility deal pledges.

Organisations signing up to the pledges commit to taking action voluntarily to improve public health through their responsibilities as employers. There are 42 pledges in total. The core commitments are:

  1. we recognise that we have a vital role to play in improving people’s health;
  2. we will encourage and engage people to adopt a healthier diet;
  3. we will foster a culture of responsible drinking, which will help people to drink within guidelines;
  4. we will encourage and assist people to become more physically active; and
  5. we will actively support our workforce to lead healthier lives.

We have signed up to the core commitments and the five pledges summarized below; and are considering three others:

  • S2. Promoting the responsibility deal: we actively encourage our stakeholders to sign up to the pledges
  • H2. Occupational health standards pledge: Our OH provider has the accreditation Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Services
  • H3. Health & wellbeing report pledge: HR monitor absence rates, we publish our health & wellbeing data on ORR’s website and have details in the Annual Report
  • H6. Staff health checks pledge; Provide and report on how many staff take up free health checks provided at work
  • H7. Mental health, wellbeing and resilience pledge: Provide training on personal resilience and support on mental health to staff and line managers. Support workplace volunteering.

Sickness absence quarterly reporting

In line with all Civil Service departments ORR is required, on a quarterly basis, to submit a summary of its employee absence statistics to the Cabinet Office and to publish the figures.

The provision of this informationis designed to help the Cabinet Office to improve its work on tackling sickness absence, promoting the health and wellbeing of Civil Service employees, and delivering an engaged and motivated workforce.

Reporting period Annual working days lost per employee
1 Apr 2015 – 31 Mar 2016 3.6
1 Jul 2015 – 30 Jun 20164.1
1 Oct 2015 – 30 Sept 2016 4.2
1 Jan 2016 – 31 Dec 2016 4.7